Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park: A Tourism Enterprise Zone In The Making


Unknown to many, aside from the world-renowned Sohoton Cove, there is an attraction in Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Philippines which is considered by pundits in the tourism idustry as having a greater tourism potential than the famous Tagaytay in Cavite, Philippines. And I am referring to the Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park (KNAP) located at highest peak northeast of the island possessing excellent perceptual quality with the North and East facing slopes of the site essentially serving as viewsheds that provide vistas of the surrounding islands. Read More »

My Visit to the Sensoji Budhist Temple in Tokyo, Japan

A souvenir photo in front of the Hōzōmon (Treasure House) Gate.

It was a Saturday, July 26, 2014, during the first weekly break of the 25-day 1st ICA/Japan Training Course for “Fostering Leaders to Reinforce Business Development of Agricultural Co-operatives in FY 2014″ which I attended at the Institute for the Development of Agricultural Cooperation in Asia (IDACA) in Machida City, Tokyo, Japan, that I experienced the first sightseeing trip on ... Read More »

The Crater Lake Apo I Mistook To Be Non Visit-Worthy

The alluring bamboo raft floating at Lake Apo.

During my series of visits to the picturesque Menzi Farms in Barangay Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon in the Philippines, my close friends Charlie Sagrado and Farm Manager Lumel Nunag kept on telling me about their trip to the relatively unknown crater lake dubbed Lake Apo in the City of Valencia of the same province. Enticed by their description of the ... Read More »

The Doll House Visit That Excited My Youngest Kid Most

Asha from India and Liliana from the Philippines.

Unknown to my fellow co-op leaders in Caraga Region, Philippines, the underlying reason why I insisted that the Federation Ownership Meeting be held at Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Philippines was to see for myself the kid friendly attractions found in the city, among them,  the International Doll House.  I decided to bring with me my head office managers and ... Read More »

The Air Travel That Almost Saw Me Kiss Death

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Boarding Gate No. 7 bearing our flight boarding details.

I have been logging thousands of air travel miles both in my domestic and international flights to and from my various travel destinations but never had I met a travel experience as life-threatening as my flight from Cebu City in the Visayas to Ozamiz City in Mindanao, Philippines. It was a gloomy Monday morning amid a long-running Low Pressure Area ... Read More »

Carmen Christmas Theme Park: One of the Most Visited Caraga Tourist Attractions

The right approach towards the Carmen Municipal Hall

Caraga Region in the Philippines hosts a number of natural tourist attractions considered as fantastic vacation destinations. From powdery-white sand beaches, world-class surfing waves, magnificent waterfalls, placid lakes, best island getaways... name them all and you can find it in this part of the country. However, unknown to many, there is an undertaking in the town of Carmen, Province of Agusan del Norte which just started as a local tradition to celebrate the yuletide season but turned out later into one of the most visited local attractions in the region. Read More »

Lost in the Stone Forest of Yunnan in China

A reclined victory sign at the zenith of the Major Stone Forest...

Among the number of things that I learned during my China travel was their reference to a lot of things as a forest. Hence, when they see so many pairs of shoes displayed in a store, they would exclaim… Oh! It’s a shoe forest. So, when the tour guide told us participants to the Asia-Pacific High Level Cooperative Leaders Round Table Discussion on Business Cooperation in Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China that we will be visiting the Stone Forest, countless stones popped up in my mind. Read More »

Shaky Boats and Ships: The Inside Story of Seasickness

A passenger boat bound for Siargao Island docking at the Socorro Port

I was born, now lives and intends to stay within my lifetime in an island. I may be considered a veteran in sea travel nowadays but I can very much relate to the squeamish feeling that many people, especially first time sea travellers, suffer on board shaky boats or ships beaten by the waves. The reason is obvious as seasickness, which bears a rather pleasant and unassuming French term of MAL DE MER, was my way in the early parts of my life. Read More »